Shannon (Arthur Loft) is running a modern rustling operation using an airplane to spot the cattle, short wave radio to alert the rustlers, and trucks to haul away the beef. When the aging Sheriff Doniphan (William Farnum) is unable to bring them in, he is replaced by an eastern detective. But Doniphan's deputy (Gene Autry) suspects Shannon and sets a trap to nab him and his gang.
January 16, 2020 Subject:
Gene Autry - More Western Than Musical
For a change we have a Gene Autry film which contains more western action - even if a lot of it is riding back and forth - than music. The film starts and ends with Autry singing and he also sings whenever it is least appropriate - sometimes Burnette sings with or without Autry. Here Autry is up against modern cattle thieves - they use short wave radio to communicate, an airplane to spot cattle herds and quick butchering and refrigerator trucks to haul the beef away - and no one seems to see this procession of trucks even in broad daylight. But eventually Autry figures it out and then its just a wrap up job. Burnette plays it all for laughs and gives us a lot of his patented bellowing when scared. Ann Rutherford is the beautiful and feisty newspaper editor who butts heads with Autry - you know that means they are destined to fall in love. The film uses 9 stuntmen and 1 stunt woman - mostly for hard riding plus a few Autry jumping off of a horse to get the bad guy riding next to him. IMDb says its a 61:00 film, but we get 55:00.